UCLA Headlines November 5, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
What's Going on With Plagiarism
Robert Fink, UCLA professor of musicology, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about a music plagiarism case brought by the family of the late Marvin Gaye against Robin Thicke.
 
Internet Founding Father Looks to Future
Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was featured Monday in an Irish Times article and accompanying video, in which he discusses the past, present and future of the Internet.
 
Fowler Celebrates 50th Anniversary
A report by KTLA-Channel 5 today about series of exhibitions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fowler Museum at UCLA highlighted "Powerful Bodies: Zulu Arts of Personal Adornment," which features personal objects of art that the Zulus wore or carried. Gemma Rodrigues, the Fowler's curator of African arts, was interviewed.
 
What's Wrong With Being Fat?
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation blog on Friday featured a Q&A with Abigail Saguy, associate professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, about her new book, "What's Wrong With Fat?”, which looks at discrimination against obese people and contends that our current negative view of obesity obscures other important issues associated with being overweight.
 
Operation Mend Helps Wounded Warriors
Northwest Arkansas Online on Sunday highlighted UCLA's Operation Mend, a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that offers free reconstructive surgery for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service.
 
Scientist Uncovers New 'Biological Clock'
Britain's Mirror reports today, and Business Insider and NIH Research Matters reported Monday, on the discovery by Steve Horvath, professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, of a "biological clock" embedded in our genomes that allows scientists to accurately gauge the age of diverse organs, tissues and cell types. Horvath was quoted in the coverage.
 
Employment Non-Discrimination Act
On Monday, a Washington Post blog and a Huffington Post article about proposed federal legislation aimed at ending workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating the number of gay and lesbian employees nationwide and a Williams Institute study showing that states that already have LGBT non-discrimination laws on the books have not experienced spikes in litigation. DavidCodell, legal director of the institute, was quoted Monday in a McClatchy News Service article about the legislation.
 
Teaching Slang to English Language Learners
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Monday on UCLA Extension's American Language Center, which offers "street talk" classes to students learning English as a second language. Judy Tanka, a UCLA Extension instructor, was interviewed.
 
Marketing Drugs for Unapproved Uses
William Comanor, professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed today on BBC's "Newsday" about a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.
 
UCLA One of 50 Best in Poll
Monday's Business Insider ranked UCLA 25th in its fifth annual survey of the 50 best colleges in the United States.
 
Japan's Avant-Garde Mad Men
The November issue of Art in America magazine features a review of "Money, Trains, and Guillotines: Art and Revolution in 1960s Japan," a book by William Marotti, associate professor of history and a scholar with the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, exploring the avant-garde art scene of Tokyo in the 1950s and early 1960s.
 
 
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Robert Buswell
Buswell, distinguished professor of Buddhist studies and director of the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies, was quoted Monday in a Korea Times article about efforts to rename the Tripitaka Koreana, a 13th-century collection of Buddhist texts engraved on wood blocks, because the current name does not accurately reflect the scope of the collection.
 
Dr. Ronald Koretz
Koretz, UCLA professor of digestive diseases and gastroenterology, is quoted today in a New York Times article about an experimental new treatment for hepatitis C.
 
Jonathan Stewart
Jonathan Stewart, professor and vice chair of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Monday in a National Geographic article about the seismic safety of the new cross-continental tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey.
 
Michael Stoll
Stoll, professor of public policy and urban planning and chair of the public policy department at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Monday in a Huffington Post blog article about the recent transformation of a Washington, D.C., neighborhood.
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